North West Calligraphy

North West Calligraphers’ Association is a group of people who enjoy the art and practice of calligraphy (‘fine handwriting’). Now in our 33rd year there could not be a better time to join the Association. Anyone who has an interest in calligraphy is most welcome – beginner or experienced – as one of the strengths of the Association is its inclusiveness and the warmth of its welcome to new members. Someone will always lend you a piece of equipment or give you advice - if asked!


Introduction to Calligraphy


We are very happy to be able to offer a new set of classes for those who wish to find out what calligraphy is all about. These small group sessions are intended for absolute beginners or more here

Beginners' workshopBeginners' workshop

Workshop participants enjoying italic capitals.

our title

Our main heading, above, was created by Barbara Alldred, that is to say it is real calligraphy, not a computer generated font. Of course it doesn't reproduce as well on screen as in real life. Barbara, who is working through her CLAS Diploma, says this about the piece:

“I imagined a compact design that was easy to read yet had some interest and contrast. I eventually decided on freely written manipulated Italic using a Brause 3mm nib (Brause nibs are particularly good for manipulated work). To complement this I wrote Italic Capitals separated by thin red lines – all written with the same nib. The paper was Gerstaecker No 2 Drawing Paper which has some tooth and all the lettering was written with Winsor and Newton Indigo gouache.”

And now Barbara has completed her CLAS diploma; congratulations to her. Read more about her adventures in calligraphy here.